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Black Eagle (2012/aka Soar Into The Sun/South Korea/CJ Entertainment/Indomina DVD)


Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: B     Film: A-



Tae-hun (played by the actor Rain) is a hot shot military pilot who gets demoted for breaking too many rules, stunts and the air speed.  Eager to prove he is the best pilot and get the hot girl, he is willing to show dog and hot dog his way to the top in the next air competition, but when things get real, and a nation is threatened for war, it is up Tae-hun to prevent all out war in Kim Dong-won’s Black Eagle.


Tae-hun is the kind of egotistic hot shot South Korean pilot who all his superiors hate, but they can't fire because he is just too good.  Pulling highly dangerous stunts and disobeying orders is as natural to him as a duck to water, but when one of their own is left behind enemy lines, a coup d’Etat occurs in North Korean and its new dictator threatens to launch nuclear ICBMs on USA.  Tae-hun must rise to become the hero everyone hopes he is.  


This film is Korea's version of Top Gun as (predictably) the hot shot pilot has no respect for rules or superiors and who is frustrated by all the military rules (sound familiar?).  It is only when tragedy happens does he grow up and his then colors truly shine.  Its combat scenes take place in not only air but city settings with collateral damage; a story of how South Korea saves America from North Korean nuclear strike (no political message at all here~)



The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image was shot on a newer RED ONE camera at 4.5K and the results are fine, though it still has a slight digital look, but maybe a Blu-ray would look better.  The lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix has a good soundfield all the way, especially in the flying sequences, as you would expect.  Extras include behind the scenes filming, character interview, gravity test and trailers.



-   Ricky Chiang


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